October 13, 2019 9:30 pm
October 13, 201910:30 pm
In the Beginning, God created Relationships
The Creation story—our story—begins in relationship with God. Every exchange we have with God occurs through relationship with him and other people he created. God made Adam and Eve to share a relationship with him and each other, but in Genesis 2, God finds them naked, ashamed, and hiding from him. God has blessed us with friends and family too, and those relationships can happen with God or hidden from him. This lesson will help teenagers discover God’s desire to be in a loving relationship with us and to give our relationships with others hope and purpose. Through the gift of friends and family, we can grow closer to God and one another.
In Genesis 2, God creates man and enters into relationship with him. God breathes into Adam’s nostrils, making him a living person. When Adam takes his first breath and opens his eyes, God is there—a reminder that Adam’s first relationship was with God. In the same way, God wants to breathe life into us and maintain a life-giving relationship with us.
In Genesis 2:18, God says, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” God’s solution was to make Adam the perfect helper, someone like him. Now Adam not only has a life-giving relationship with God, but he can share his life with Eve, as well. Adam’s grateful reaction to this gift: “At last!” And so the first human relationship begins. Adam and Eve are a family, and God is their Creator, Father, and Provider.
Similarly, God blesses each of us with helpers. Although our friends and family aren’t perfect and aren’t meant to replace God, they are gifts from God who are meant to experience God with us. But without God at the center of our relationships, we’re stripped of purpose and hidden from God.
God loves and cares for each of us. To fully experience his life-giving love, we must trust him and allow him to remain at the center of all of our relationships.